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Karen Avery Word

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Karen Avery Word Obituary
WORD, Karen Avery Karen Avery Word passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, after a brief fierce battle with a rare aggressive small cell cancer. She is survived by her loving husband Rusty, her precious ten year old daughter Sydney, her parents Jody and Rick Avery of Horseshoe Bay, her sister Cindy Faulkner and husband Tom, her brother Kirk and wife Gretchen, Rusty's mother Bobbye Word, widow of J P Word, Rusty's sister Amy Mikalowski and husband Todd , brother Jim and Lisa Sanford and many loving extended family members. Karen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on a sunny May morning. She met the world head on, a tiny blonde girl always climbing some tree, swimming underwater before she was one, happiest on a horse at the C Lazy U ranch. Her dad's Dr Pepper job moved them to Dallas, where she attended Trinity Christian Academy and W T White high school, then headed to Aggieland where she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma, and finally transferred to SMU. Her work career began at the Dallas Convention Bureau. Hospitality was her business, her gift was serving people and planning events. It was on a business trip to Austin that she met Rusty Word. They were married in Karen's parents' Memphis home, with an unforgettable Graceland Party the night before. They settled in Austin where Karen's work career continued as Director of Sales at the Driskill Hotel, Executive Director of Pace Travel Inc, Director of TQ3 Navigant, and finally Meeting and Incentive Planner for Meeting Trends. December 28, 2007 Sydney Tyler Word was born - the light and love of everyone's life, especially Karen's. Karen walked into Sydney's world as room mother, soccer mom and chaperone of many school trips. And Sydney loved helping with Karen's Pampered Chef parties. They cooked and watched movies and football...Karen, Rusty, Sydney and a beloved dog. Such was life at the Word house. Karen has left a legacy of caring, of helping others, of a usable faith, of problem solving. She always loved driving on an open Texas road - to clear her mind, balance her thoughts, find herself. She is now on a very special highway, to peace and eternal light and love. Maybe she is in her favorite car, then again, maybe on a wonderful galloping horse - a new angel in training. The family would like to thank Dr. Lisa Schneider, Karen's very special oncologist Dr. Allison Gorrebeeck, the wonderful staff at Christopher House, the Highland Lakes Kappa Kappa Gamma alums, and the Mah Jong Tuesday Tilers, for their compassion and care. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 11th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar, Austin, Texas, with Reverend Melanie Clark, Presbyterian minister and Karen's cousin, presiding. Karen always loved flowers, her favorites hydrangeas, calla lillies and roses. Any sent in her honor to the Funeral Home will be transferred to Christopher House after the service. If you prefer to make a donation, send it to Hospice Austin's Christopher House, 2820 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, Texas 78702. Remembrances may be left at www.wcfish.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 9, 2018
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